I find myself at odds again with the Academy. This is a good movie but far from great or Oscar
worthy. I'm old enough to remember all of these events but really this film is pretty much about "the" moment that takes place during the last interview. In that moment, you could hear a pin drop in the theatre I was in and Frank Langella deserves a nomination (but not the Oscar) just for that scene. Everything else leads up to this and while it's good to get a sense of who these guys were and how things were put together, I didn't find it all that interesting or entertaining. See it if the topic is of interest ro to catch up with the nominated films before Oscar night.
A lot of you youngsters out there may not know much about Mickey Rourke and all the talk of comeback
and redemption. If that's so, go rent 1982's Diner and see Mickey at the beginning of his promising career. You can't help but love the guy and the contrast between that character and the one he plays in The Wrestler is startling and yet similar. I will be surprised if Mickey doesn't win the Best Actor Oscar not only for his performance but for the comeback it results in. "The Ram", is a just about washed up professsional wrestler who reluctantly retires for health reasons. He attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter and take a relationship with an aging stripper (a marvelous Marisa Tomei) to the next level. These scenes that are the heart of the film though the results are predictable for this chronic screwup. This is a gritty film, almost a documentary. See it for Mickey so on February 22nd (Oscar night) you can tell everyone you saw the Best Actor performance.
I made the mistake of reading too many critics reviews of this one and that ruined it a bit for me
in terms of the ending, etc. That being said, I liked it. Will Smith furthers proves his acting range...no Fresh Prince or MIB in sight. This is a somber movie (much like Pay It Forward) and it will bring a tear or twenty to most people's eyes. I loved Rosario Dawson...such a great mix of toughness and vulnerability...it's been a while since I wanted to bring a character home to Mom. You do have to pay attention and it will likely make you ask yourself some tough questions on the way out.
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